￼"(Y)ou hear his heart and soul poured into it...emotional and meditative. Imagine if ￼Lotic made a collab with Mr. Mitch." - "Tunes: Bass." Mixmag. Nov. 2015: 99. Print.
"Joey LaBeija surprises with the dense Shattered Dreams, burying his club influences in a fog of reverb and chattering effects...anyone who found solace in releases by M.E.S.H., Lotic and Rabit this year would do well to investigate further." - "Third Quarter Report: The 25 best albums of the last three months." FACT. Web. 1 Oct. 2015.
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Joey LaBeija has been revered for his rhythmic assaults on sound systems: combining a celebration of his Puerto Rican heritage (i.e. Big Pun and Wisin Y Yandel) with his love for the more extreme/experimental corners of electronic music (from Bjork to friends, Rabit and Lotic). As a fourth generation House of LaBeija emissary, Joey is less interested in plainly referencing the traditional sound of ballroom and vogue, but instead seeks out new pathways to further immerse listeners into his personal experience. Shattered Dreams, Joey’s first proper body of work, marks a bold step forward in this artistic inquiry.
On Shattered Dreams, we hear Joey pouring his darkest time as an adult into the music: a single year full of life losses amidst the walls of an unforgiving metropolis. From start to finish, it is a story told through the sprawl of daydreamt melodies, amorphous noise re- sembling the multi-appendage clatter of insects, and tattered beds of abrasive percussion. Much like his style of playing live, there is no single set genre as Shattered Dreams winds forward, instead he mines various stylistic cues - the upbeat stutter step of either Timbaland or that of grime (“Over” and “Joey’s Inferno”), for instance - until revealing the tender, reverberating echoes of sounds unfound beneath the breaking sediment. This album is a hard barrel roll left, away from his well-secured club stature. It is, instead, an intrepid dive into the pain of mind.
released January 15, 2016
Mixed by Celestial Trax
(Re)Mastered / Cut by Rashad Becker for D&M
Art by Eric Johnson (front) & Christian Velasquez (back)
Inner Label by Amad Ilyas